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Utility Locator

The utility locator certification course was developed at the request of One-Call of Wyoming. One-Call of Wyoming funded Casper College to develop a utility locator certification course to train and certify utility locators in Wyoming. The utility locator certification course is designed to train and certify utility locators on the basic methods for locating and verifying underground utility lines.

What are the features of Casper’s program?

There are three parts to the course: lecture, lab, certification. The utility locator certification course is offered either in the classroom or as a hybrid online class. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of locating competency from our program partner Staking University, a nationally recognized underground utility locator certification training center. All classes are limited to 8 students to allow for quality instructor/student interaction.

The courses we offer are:

ELTR 1545 is our five-day classroom course, four days for lecture and labs, and the last day for certification testing. The lecture portion consists of theory and practical field demonstrations. The lab portion consist of students using locating equipment to locate utility lines on the Casper College campus.

ELTR 1645 is our accelerated locator class and is designed for the experienced locator as we cover the same material as our ELTR 1545 and 1545 Hybrid courses in three days instead of five. We recommend you have two years of locating experience to take this class.

Bring clothes appropriate for the weather conditions. You will be outside 3/4 of the class time.


Professionals currently working in the field may bring their own equipment provided it can do both conductive and inductive locating. Equipment will be provided for all students.


Please bring clothes and footwear appropriate for the weather conditions.  Also, bring shoes or boots appropriate for walking long distances in all types of weather; winter, spring or summer.  Do not bring steel toed boots.  You will be indoors for 30% of class and outdoors for 70% of class.  You may also need sunscreen and sunglasses.

​Fall 2023

Apply as a non-degree seeking student

Course cost with the $100 for Staking University’s certification fee added to the tuition:
2 credits: Wyoming resident $490, WUE $596, out of state $910

Utility Locator Certification: 5-day classroom and lab
Fundamentals of underground utility location will be covered in this class including methods used to change the transmitter current levels and shape of the magnetic field, how to measure the magnetic field with the receiver, and how to produce a round magnetic field and verify depth. Students registering for ELTR 1545 are automatically enrolled in the corresponding lab.

Course # ELTR 1545 80 – CLOSED, CLASS IS  FULL

  • 2 credits
  • Mon. thru Fri., September 11-15, 2023
  • 8 a.m.-4:50 p.m.
  • Location: EI 109
  • Instructor: David Arndt
  • Registration deadline: September 1, 2023

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no pre-reqs for this program.

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Contact Info

Rachel Wright

Academic Assistant, School of Business and Industry​

Rachel Chadderdon

Dean, School of Business, Industry, and Workforce Development

Justin Smith

Department Chair; Fire Science Instructor